Milwaukee (40-43) at Miami (42-39)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 6, 2005
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After a stellar debut for the Milwaukee Brewers, Tomo Ohka is struggling.

The right-hander looks to overcome his recent ineffectiveness against a team that has given him fits during his career as the Brewers continue a four-game series with the Florida Marlins.

Ohka, acquired from Washington on June 7 in exchange for infielder Junior Spivey, tossed a complete game in his first start for the Brewers, posting a 4-0 victory over Tampa Bay on June 14.

In 17 innings over three starts since, he has allowed 14 runs and 25 hits, including six home runs. Ohka was reached for four runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings Friday, but the Brewers rallied for an 8-4 win against Pittsburgh.

Ohka is 1-10 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 career starts against Florida. He went 0-2 with a 5.02 ERA in two starts against the Marlins this season before Washington traded him to Milwaukee.

The Brewers have taken the first two games of the four-game set after a 6-4 win Tuesday. Russell Branyan, who hadn’t played since June 1 because of a broken finger, celebrated his return to the lineup with three hits and two RBIs.

Florida’s defeat was compounded by another injury to starter Josh Beckett, who left the game in the third inning with a strained left side muscle. Beckett allowed three runs and six hits. His injury will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Blister problems have sent Beckett to the disabled list six times in his career, including once this season.

Mike Lowell had three hits for the Marlins, who fell a season-high eight games behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

Right-hander A.J. Burnett will attempt to bounce back for the Marlins on Wednesday after a rough outing in the Marlins’ 7-6 loss to the New York Mets on Friday.

Burnett didn’t receive a decision, allowing five runs—two earned—and five hits over 4 1-3 innings. He is 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in two career starts against Milwaukee.

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T. Ohka Tor vs. A. Burnett Pit
11-9 Record 12-12
4.04 ERA 3.44
98 K 198
55 BB 79
1.35 WHIP 1.26